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WiX Toolset


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The Windows Installer XML (WiX) is a toolset that builds Windows installation packages from XML source code. The toolset supports a command line environment that developers may integrate into their build processes to build MSI and MSM setup packages.

The core of WiX is a set of build tools that build Windows Installer packages using the same build concepts as the rest of your product: source code is compiled and then linked to create executables; in this case .exe setup bundles, .msi installation packages, .msm merge modules, and .msp patches. The WiX command-line build tools work with any automated build system. Also, MSBuild is supported from the command line, Visual Studio, and Team Build.

WiX includes several extensions that offer functionality beyond that of Windows Installer. For example, WiX can install IIS web sites, create SQL Server databases, and register exceptions in the Windows Firewall, among others.

With Burn, the WiX bootstrapper, you can create setup bundles that install prerequisites like the .NET Framework and other runtimes along with your own product. Burn lets you download packages or combine them into a single downloadable .exe.

The WiX SDK includes managed and native libraries that make it easier to write code that works with Windows Installer, including custom actions in both C# and C++.

To install WiX Toolset, run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:

C:\> choco install wixtoolset

To upgrade WiX Toolset, run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:

C:\> choco upgrade wixtoolset


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  • tools\chocolateyInstall.ps1 Show
    $ErrorActionPreference = 'Stop';
    $toolsPath = "$(Split-Path -parent $MyInvocation.MyCommand.Definition)"
    $packageArgs = @{
      packageName    = 'wixtoolset'
      fileType       = 'exe'
      file           = "$toolsPath\wix311.exe"
      softwareName   = 'WiX Toolset*'
      silentArgs     = '/q'
      validExitCodes = @(0)
    Install-ChocolateyInstallPackage @packageArgs
    Remove-Item -Force -ea 0 "$toolsDir\*.exe","$toolsDir\*.ignore"
  • tools\chocolateyUninstall.ps1 Show
    $ErrorActionPreference = 'Stop';
    $packageArgs = @{
      packageName   = $env:ChocolateyPackageName
      softwareName  = 'WiX Toolset*'
      fileType      = 'exe'
      silentArgs    = '/uninstall /quiet'
      validExitCodes= @(@(0))
    $uninstalled = $false
    [array]$key = Get-UninstallRegistryKey @packageArgs | Where-Object { $_.BundleCachePath -ne $null }
    if ($key.Count -eq 1) {
      $key | ForEach-Object {
        $packageArgs['file'] = "$($_.BundleCachePath)"
        Uninstall-ChocolateyPackage @packageArgs
    } elseif ($key.Count -eq 0) {
      Write-Warning "$packageName has already been uninstalled by other means."
    } elseif ($key.Count -gt 1) {
      Write-Warning "$($key.Count) matches found!"
      Write-Warning "To prevent accidental data loss, no programs will be uninstalled.."
      Write-Warning "Please alert the package maintainer that the following keys were matched:"
      $key | ForEach-Object { Write-Warning "- $($_.DisplayName)" }
  • tools\wix311.exe Show
    md5: F9F23ED1CDE949E95B8759DDC804B3D1 | sha1: 3F619089B46DF893F55E58832CE442678FB0635F | sha256: 7CAECC9FFDCDECA09E211AA20C8DD2153DA12A1647F8B077836B858C7B4CA265 | sha512: 91C17E757F870E2848F4C99C77558AEEA7BF8DDEA12B65825B02736A7286BF24E0F50B051444ABB21169C682ECCD33999F30ED23719EDD032678FAD22848429D

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Package Maintainer(s)

Software Author(s)

  • Rob Mensching
  • Bob Arnson


2009 - 2016 Outercurve Foundation


Version History

Version Downloads Last updated Status
WiX Toolset 9834 Saturday, May 6, 2017 approved
WiX Toolset 244 Monday, April 24, 2017 approved
WiX Toolset 418 Wednesday, April 12, 2017 approved
WiX Toolset 286 Tuesday, March 28, 2017 exempted
WiX Toolset 1513 Monday, April 24, 2017 approved
WiX Toolset 2357 Tuesday, March 28, 2017 approved
WiX Toolset 6833 Monday, June 13, 2016 approved
WiX Toolset 1262 Saturday, March 12, 2016 approved
WiX Toolset 10418 Tuesday, November 24, 2015 approved
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